The International Conference the European Pilgrimage Routes for promoting sustainable and quality tourism in rural areas took place December 4 to 6, 2014 in Firenze (Italy) and was organized by the Department of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Systems – University of Florence in collaboration with the Tuscany Region, the Department for Life Quality Studies and Department of Agricultural Sciences – University of Bologna, the Italian Association of Agricultural Engineering and the European Association of the Francigena Way. The Conference involving 150 experts from 18 countries and was divided into five areas of discussion: conservation and evolution of the landscape along the routes; life quality and social impact; tourism and local development; sustainability in the rural areas; tools and methods for building a tourist attraction. Gianluca Bambiis PhD in Agro-Forestry Engineering and specializes in structures and infrastructure for rural tourism. Gianluca Bambi was a professor assistant before and lecturer with contract then, now he is a researcher with contract at the Department of GESAAF – University of Florence.Matteo Barbariis full professor and director of Department of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Systems (GESAAF) of University of Florence. The results of research activity of prof. Barbari are shown in more than 220 publications.[Publisher's text]
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